Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V7#5 - 22 September, 2010












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Even delaying this newsletter's publication wasn't enough for us to get even one of our current projects to a finished state.  One is, however, quite close and (barring accidents) we shall release it soon, so keep an eye open - particularly if you are interested in Quebec.  The other, a nicely produced, early celebration of the coming of Cityhood of an important, mid Ontario, city is taking a lot of time to do justice to the original quality of the publication and will be along just as soon as we can get it finished in the quality we demand.



In this section we provide - often heavily abbreviated - descriptions of each of the newly released books on CD we have received from our International Archive CD Books partners.  Please consult with the CDs listing in our on-line catalogue for the full, original description.

5.1 BRITISH (England, Wales and Scotland) TOPICS


*  Memorials of Old Gloucestershire, 1912

IE5058:  $18.40

Edited by Peter Hampson Ditchfield the author of many publications on rural England. Published as part of a series of county histories, it contains well over 100 illustrations. Many of the contributors to the lengthy articles and essays in the Memorials series were eminent historians, archaeologists, architects and amateur enthusiasts.  In his general introduction Ditchfield rightly points out that there was a general clamour by residents within each of the counties covered by the Memorials series to own a well-illustrated publication that brought together the results of the most recent research into the archaeology and history of their county and it was hoped that the Gloucestershire edition presented a thorough account of the shire's chief items of interest. As well as monographs on the county's two cities, there are articles on Berkeley, Winchcombe and Sudeley Castles, various church bells and fonts, and the ancient forests of the county, their descriptions and uses. The most lengthy essay concerns the the Norman doorways of Gloucestershire and is illustrated with with over 50 sketches and photographs. Memorials of Old Gloucestershire presents a fascinating miscellany of articles on the extremely diverse and fascinating county.

*  A New Pictorial and Descriptive Guide to Dartmoor, 1897

IE5059:  $14.00

The complete title reads: A New Pictorial and Descriptive Guide to Dartmoor: its Tors, Antiquities & Rivers, Profusely Illustrated. It consists of some 200 printed pages and contains a plethora of photographs, illustrations and maps, together with hundreds of contemporary advertisements for the holiday trade in the Dartmoor area and beyond. 

"These well-known books are not dull, dry-as-dust compilations. but pleasant travelling companions, readable from cover to cover. Each volume contains the latest Maps and Plans and is lavishly illustrated. In all cases a much wider area is included than the title indicates, and it will be found that nearly every holiday and health resort of importance is described in one or more of the volumes."  Ward & Lock employed a special staff of qualified editors and correspondents who continually toured the land, compiling and revising material on all places and matters of interest to the holidaymaker and on such subjects as the local history, geology, botany and zoology of the areas concerned. The level of detail provided for the tourist was unsurpassed.

The quality of Ward & Lock's "Red Guides" has meant that they have endured the test of time and have already become eminently collectable titles.

   Murray's Handbook for Travellers

First published in London, these handbooks established the "mold" for travel writing as it is understood today.  Writers and contributors to these guides included both known and unknown correspondents, including Thomas Cook, John Ruskin and Felix Mendelssohn. With their distinctive red covers and gold lettering Murray's handbooks became known and famous throughout the world. By the time the business was sold Murray's had help produce 400 titles and editions in the Handbook for Travellers Series detailing many areas of the World.

The handbooks were fully-indexed and contains many hundreds of contemporary advertisements.  The digital editions are fully computer searchable

*  Murray's Handbook for Travellers in Berks, Bucks and Oxfordshire, 1882

IE5060:  $18.40

This edition of Murray's Handbook, details 28 routes throughout the three counties in question and includes detailed introductory notes on each. The routes begin at Windsor Castle and the Great Park at Windsor in Buckinghamshire - a detailed plan for which is included - and ends in Oxford. Each route is introduced by the overall distance to be travelled, the available modes of transport, typically by rail and provides extremely detailed topographical, geological and historical information for all of the places of note in between the start and destination. (383 pages)  

*  John Murray, Handbook for Travellers in Yorkshire, 1867

IE5083:  $18.50

This edition of Murray's Handbook for Travellers in Yorkshire, details 46 routes throughout the the length and breadth of Yorkshire. Most of the routes detailed in the publication, as one might expect, are intended for the independent traveller using the extensive railway network then present in the county. The 46 routes begin at King's Cross Station, London via the Great Northern Railway en route to York via Doncaster entering the county of Yorkshire at Bawtry Station 148 miles from the capital. The Routes conclude with Rotherham terminating at Bawtry via Roche Abbey, Laughten-en-le Morthen and Ticknell. Each route is introduced by the overall distance to be travelled, the available modes of transport, typically by rail and provides extremely detailed topographical, geological and historical information for all of the places of note in between the starting point of the route and its final destination, making the Handbook a wonderful descriptive account of Yorkshire both for Victorian and contemporary readers alike.   (600 pages) 

*  Surrey, 1910

IE5061:  $14.70

By John Charles Cox and containing more than 200 printed pages, with many sketches and photographs by Edmund New, Surrey recalls the history and descriptions of what was still very much a rural county before the out break of WWI.   

Published towards the end of his career, Cox believed that this was probably the most beautiful of the home counties, with its still-exceptional ancient market towns, buildings, churches, manor-houses and cottages. However, he believed that outside of the county these superb attractions were little known so, to make these more widely recognized, it was decided to publish the book in the mode of a 'gazetteer'.  In addition Cox's concerns over a rapidly changing and industrializing rural landscape and the negative impact these changes had on the rural labouring classes also find their way into "Surrey."

"Surrey" begins with a general introduction providing statistical details on the county, its population, area and divisions, before embarking on descriptions of the county's flora and fauna, history, industries, antiquities and ecclesiology. The majority of Surrey is given over to an alphabetical descriptive dictionary of notable places in the county. 

Cox's sympathetic descriptions of places and people and New's illustrations and photographs make this a highly recommended contemporary description of the county.

*  Traditions of Lancashire, 1928

IE5062:  $24.60

This is the third edition of the first series of John Roby's, "Traditions of Lancashire." Originally published in 1829, different versions of The Traditions of Lancashire were published in 1906, 1911, and 1930. 

Containing some 586 printed pages with chapters such as Mab's Cross, The Grey Man and the Phantom voice. Despite some later criticism, Roby's works did have - and still has - a huge popularity and for this reason alone this publication can be readily recommended. 

*  Companion into Essex, 1938

IE5084:  $16.00

Containing some 267 printed pages and sixteen plates taken from photographs by Gordon Young,  Herbert Winckworth Tompkins, the author, had already written a number of successful and acclaimed travelogues, histories and biographies. Published just before the outbreak of WWII, a "Companion into Essex" harks back to a more pleasant and gentile way of life and before the county was swallowed almost in its entirety by Greater London.  

Bordered by the River Thames to the south, marshes and creeks on the east, Harwich Sturmer and the River Stour wending its way into Gainsborough and Constable country to the north and to the west by Hertfordshire, Essex has as much to offer in history and variety of topography as any other county in England, a fact often overlooked by outsiders not familiar with its abundances.

Chapters contained within the book include those on Waltham Abbey, Chelmsford, the Dunmows, Maldon, Constables's Country, Colchester, Harwich, Thaxted and Saffron Walden, Cranham, Southend-on-Sea, Romford, Barking, Tilbury and Grays. All-in-all a "Companion into Essex" makes for a highly-entertaining trip through a county that has changed perhaps more than any other in the past seventy-years. Fully-indexed, both by person and place, and fully computer searchable. this book is not to be missed.

*  A History of Oxfordshire, 1899

IE5085:  $18.50

J. Meade Falkner's, "A History of Oxfordshire." Containing some 336 pages, Falkner's history of the county is, in his own words, "... essentially a sketch history of the county, which unavoidably treats to a large extent on the university ...." It is well-written and thoroughly absorbing account of the county from its pre-Roman origins to the end of the eighteenth century.

Beginning with a description of the topography and indigenous peoples of Oxfordshire before the arrival of the Romans the book then portrays the consecutive occupations of the county by the invading Romans, the Saxons and the Danes before the arrival of the Norman conquerors when the boundaries of modern Oxfordshire were drawn-up and consolidated. This is followed by chapters roughly covering the reigns of Henry I, Stephen, Henry II, Richard I, John and Henry II, and a treatise on the development of the University of Oxford. From this point onward Falkner provides a more balanced account of the history of the county during the reigns of Henry VIII and the dissolution of the religious houses in the county, Elizabeth I and Mary before the turbulent years of the Stuarts and the pivotal part played by the county of Oxfordshire during the periods of the Civil War, the Commonwealth and the Restoration.  A History of Oxfordshire presents one of those happy mediums, a thoroughly readable and entertaining history book.

*  Dod's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britian and Ireland for 1902

IE5086:  $24.70

This is the 62nd edition of Dod's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland.  It contains nearly 1,100 printed pages and details 'All the Titled Classes' in Britain and Ireland for the year in which it was published and as such is an invaluable biographical companion.

Dod's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage was first published in 1841 and has been revised and published annually since. The first part of the publication provides a general dictionary on ten classes of Peers, etc., and in each instance details are provided on their 'titles, parentage, descent, ages, birthplaces, marriages, education, professions, residences, public services, offices' together with other relevant historical, personal and professional details. The classes covered under part 1 include peers, peeresses, bishops, baronets, Scottish judges, the Privy Council and knights of most orders including knights bachelor, which include most of the eminent religious, legal and medical men of the realm. Part two provides biographical details on more than 4,000 first sons and daughters of peers bearing courtesy titles.

Dod's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage of Great Britain & Ireland is a complete reference dictionary for the titled classes as well as many others bearing honours for the year in which it was published and as such must prove to be an invaluable edition to any collection.

*  The History and Topography of Durham with Biographical Sketches ... and a neat map of the county (undated, c.1820)

IE5088:  $16.00

Carrying the full title "The History & Topography of Durham with Biographical Sketches, etc., and a Neat Map of the County", this is a lovely little 71-page history and topography.

The frontispiece consists of a county map showing the county's mail coach roads, turnpike roads and canals. The map also delineates the cities, market towns and villages in the county as well as marking and naming the main gentlemen's seats. The History and Topography of Durham takes the form of question and answer, with the first page beginning with: Question. 'What is the situation of Durham'. Answer. "Durham, which is a county Palatine, possessing great and extensive privileges, is bounded on the east by the German Ocean, on the north by Northumberland, on the west by Cumberland and Westmoreland, and on the south by Yorkshire." The continuing questions and answers lead the reader through a physical and geographical description of the county, and notes about the area's points of interest.

The History is completed by a biography of celebrated men from Durham, such as William Emerson, the Venerable Bede, Sir John Baliol as well as a list of the county fairs, market days, and rare plants which can be found in the county. A lovely little publication that is sure to inform, entertain and surprise.

*  A Picturesque Guide to Yorkshire, 6 vols. (1899-1901)

IE5089:  $37.10

Originally published in six volumes and republished here on a single CD-Rom is the complete "A Picturesque Guide to Yorkshire."  

In the preface of the first edition the author, Joseph Smith Fletcher wrote that he believed that any guide to his beloved Yorkshire must include pictorial illustrations as its principal feature and as a result this is one of the finest single collections of illustrations on Yorkshire ever published.  This is not to say that Fletcher's accompanying text has no merit.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

As a whole, the six volumes of a Picturesque Guide to Yorkshire contains (in seventy-four chapters) some 1,500 pages of text and more than a 600 illustrations.  A 'must have' for any serious student of historic Yorkshire.

5.1.2 WELSH (or sometimes English) TOPICS

*  Kelly's Directory of Monmouthshire, 1891

IE5087:  $18.50

Containing more than 300 printed pages the full title of this edition read as follows: "Kelly's Directory of Monmouthshire and the Principal Towns and Places in South Wales, with the inclusion of numerous additional places and the streets of Cardiff and Swansea." It details every village, town and city in the county providing thorough topographical and statistical descriptions of all of the religious, educational, civil and municipal institutions in each. In most instances the directory also provides a brief historical account of the village or town, often including important events and personages.

Beginning with the market town and parish of Abergavenny and ending with the parish of Wonastow, the bulk of Kelly's Directory for Monmouthshire for 1891 is taken-up by the alphabetical entries for the cities, towns and villages of the county. 

The alphabetical list of villages and towns is followed by a county-wide alphabetical listing of Monmouthshire's principal Private Residents, as well as a Trades and Professional Directory for the County and is concluded with more than 100 pages of county advertisements, many of which are accompanied by sketches and pictures. 

For anyone with even the slightest interest in the residents, topographic descriptions and commercial interests present in Monmouthshire this fully-searchable 1891 edition of Kelly's Directory of Monmouthshire is highly recommended.


*  The New Picture of Edinburgh for 1816

IE5063:  $16.00

First published by William Whyte of St. Andrew's Street Edinburgh, "The New Picture of Edinburgh" containins 343 printed pages and is subtitled "Being a Correct Guide to the Curiosities, Public Establishments, and Remarkable Objects in and Near Edinburgh. To which are added, a Description of Leith, and The Trosachs." Containing some twenty-seven engravings of the principal public buildings and a number of very detailed street plans, it provides a topographical description and an intimate portrait of the capital as it was in 1816.  Beginning with a detailed engraved map of the city showing the principal 'wynds' and 'closes' in the city, there follows a descriptive history of the city from the earliest times down to the present. This is followed by the improvements undertaken in the development of the city from the fifteenth century and draws stark contrasts between the irregularity of the old town and the new town, which it is stated has 'no equal' and whose beauty 'excites the admiration of strangers'. The publisher of The New Picture of Edinburgh admitted that many of the public buildings of the city, although once beyond compare, had since the time of the Reformation begun to fall into disrepair and not a few had been demolished by over-zealous citizens. In order that these great edifices should not be completely forgotten The New Picture of Edinburgh set itself the task of describing for its readers some of the more remarkable of these buildings.

The latter portion of the The New Picture of Edinburgh is given over to villages and seats close to the city, and ends with a 'Route to the Trosachs' and descriptions of the scenery of Lock Katrine. Given the relatively early date of the publication and its extremely detailed descriptions of many of the buildings of the city, The New Picture of Edinburgh, is a beautiful descriptive and pictorial record of the City of Edinburgh in 1816.

5.2 IRISH (Ireland (Eire) and N. Ireland) TOPICS

*  The Blue Guide - Ireland, 1932

IE0084:  $15.90

First published in London by Ernest Benn Ltd., in 1932 and republished here on fully-searchable CD-Rom is the Blue Guide to Ireland, edited by Findlay Muirhead. Containing 386 printed pages with a complete atlas of Ireland and 13 addition maps and plans, the Blue Guides have set the standard for independent travellers since they were first published in 1918. The quality of the Blue Guides is witnessed by the fact that they are published to this day with the most recent edition being a reissue of the Blue Guide to Northern Italy.

The Blue Guide to Ireland is differentiated by being organized by routes and tours taken by road rather than rail. While the editor opined that Ireland was coming to the forefront as a field for the pleasure-traveller, its rail system prevented a thorough exploration of all of the delights that this 'motorist's paradise' had to offer.

Beginning with an introduction outlining the history and antiquities of Ireland as well as a glossary of Irish place names and notes on the Irish language, the Blue Guide to Ireland then presents detailed information on many aspects of travel in Ireland ranging from money, to hotels, to rails travel, postal information and more than ten pages of angling. From here the Blue Guide is divided into four sections arranging itineraries for the independent travel in the four provinces of Ireland. Most of the itineraries radiated from a central basis.  That of the province of Leinster includes many routes starting in Dublin, that of Ulster starting in Belfast and so on. The book provides the itineraries for forty-eight separate routes, each being fully-referenced with details on distances, places to stay, costs, references to maps and atlases that are included in the publication as well as interesting observations and descriptions on what the traveller could expect to see.

*  Thorough Guide Series - Ireland Part 1 & 2, 1902 & 1911

IE0087:  $24.60

Published as part of Baddeley and Ward's 'Thorough Guide' Series, these editions collectively contain more than 700 printed pages. Part I, entitled Ireland (Part I). Northern Counties including Dublin and its Neighbourhood, includes 23 maps and town plans; whereas, Part II carries the title, Ireland (Part II). East, West & South including Dublin and Howth and includes 27 maps and plans; both by J. Bartholomew.

Ireland (Part I) includes 28 main destinations throughout the north of Ireland, including Donegal.  Each of the destinations is accompanied by descriptions of how to get there by rail, bicycle or by coach, and on arrival where to stay.  From these focal locations the Thorough Guide provides notes for all the activities available in the area, including, notes for walkers, notes for cyclists, anglers, golfers, etc.  It also provides topographical descriptions, and comments on the local buildings, places and sights of interest.  From each stopping point the reader is offered a number of day trips or excursions, which are aimed at walkers with varying levels of fitness and to cyclists prepared to cycle more than 100 miles in a day!

Ireland (Part II) includes 25 main destinations, mainly in Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Limerick and Clare, in addition to a large section on Galway and Connemara. One of the main distinguishing features of the Thorough Guides series is the excellent maps and plans and these two editions are no exception. The nature of the maps, showing relief and gradient are akin to modern discovery series Ordnance Survey Maps all of which show the routes described in the text.

   Thom's Directory

Since its initial publication in 1843, Thom's has undergone a number of slight deviations in its title, such as Post Office Directory, Irish Almanac & Directory and in these cases, the Official Directory. When it was first issued it contained some 1,000 printed pages; by the time of these issues the Directory contained more than 2,000 printed pages, which are released here on fully-searchable CD-Rom.

Although primarily - and rightly - seen as an Irish directory and almanac, more than 600 initial pages are given over to a multitude of separate directories pertaining to the United Kingdom and its dominions and this is reflected in the lengthy official title.  In fact, well over half of the Directory is relevant to Ireland. It begins with statistics for the country as a whole taken from a recent Census of Ireland.  it also provides county-by-county details on Irish landowners of 1,000 acres and of 10,000 acres and upwards, it continues with a further 300 pages or so detailing the multitude of state functionaries, civil, religious, financial and military. Also identified are all the incumbents of the various parishes and benefices in Ireland, all army and navy officers, barrister and solicitors, doctors and physicians, all educational and medical institutions and members of their governing bodies and even the clubs and private institutions, such as learned and academic societies and members of their respective councils.

Several hundreds of pages of each edition of Thom's Official Directory is given over to Dublin City and its suburbs and as one would expect the level of detail provided in these sections far exceeds that given for the rest of the Country. For the capital itself a comprehensive street directory is provided, which extends to the various townships and suburbs of the city such as Rathmines, Pembroke and Kingstown as well as the residents of many of the larger villages, which at this time had not been incorporated into the city. In addition, Thom's provides a list of the Dublin City and county nobility, gentry, merchants and traders as well as a trades directory and it is to the street and trades directories that most people are drawn to in search of their Dublin ancestors.

Clearly a valuable research tool for family and social historians alike.

*  Thom's Irish Almanac and Official Directory of Ireland, 1868

IE0092:  $30.90

*  Thom's Directory, 1894

IE0088:  $30.70

   Royal Irish Constabulary List and Directory by the half-year

Originally printed and published in Dublin by John Falconer is the Royal Irish Constabulary List & Directory;  Issued bi-annually on 31st January and 31st July they contain information on all the personnel of the force above the rank of ordinary constable (i.e., from Sergeant up to the Inspector General) and many others working in associated agencies and professions such as jailers, magistrates, courts, lawyers, etc and also including agencies like Inland Revenue, Coast Guards, Customs and Exercise and the Military.  Much of the personal information is presented, by rank, under a number of headings and subheadings defined by the organizational structure of the force itself.  An exception under which an ordinary constable might be named in this list was if he had received a medal or if he died. 

The directory also contains a significant amount of information on "standard" conditions of employment in the force, such as pay rates; The Regulations; the identity of police stations throughout Ireland, including assigned officers, and locations etc.; the schedules of courts of law; and also of more general information such as postage rates and rates of income tax.

A fund of contemporary information on virtually any aspect of the Royal Irish Constabulary (including the Dublin Metropolitan Police) and it's personnel above the rank of basic Constable 

*  Royal Irish Constabulary List and Directory for the half-year commencing 1st January 1910, 1910.

IE0085:  $14.00

This issue is numbered 137, was published in January 1910, and contains 284 printed pages.

*  Royal Irish Constabulary List and Directory, January 1915

IE0089:  $14.00

This issue is numbered 147 and was published in January 1915 and contains 290 printed pages.

*  Royal Irish Constabulary List and Directory, January 1920

IE0093:  $14.00

This issue is numbered 157 and was published in January 1920 and contains 290 printed pages.

*  Historical Memoirs of the City of Armagh for a period of 1373 years (1819)

IE0090:  $30.70

James Stuart's, "Historical Memoirs of the City of Armagh." Containing some 669 printed pages, the full title of the work provides a clear insight into the scope and aims: "Historical Memoirs of the City of Armagh for a Period of 1,373 Years Comprising a Considerable Portion of the General History of Ireland; A Refutation of the Opinions of Dr. Ledwich, Respecting the Non-Existence of St. Patrick; And an Appendix, on the Learning, Antiquities and Religion of the Irish Nation."

The initial pages of the Historical Memoirs of the City of Armagh are given over to Stuart's skilful refutation of Dr. Ledwich's claims that St. Patrick never existed as an historical figure and in large part the following Historical Memoirs put to rest Ledwich's claims. 

The following subjects and themes are interwoven throughout the publication as a whole: An historical account of Armagh, complete with statistical survey of the City; Biographical sketches of various prelates of the See of Armagh from 445 to the Reformation; Biographical accounts of Protestant Archbishops of Armagh and all of Ireland from the Reformation to 1818 with similar sketches of the Roman Catholic Archbishops for the same periods; A narrative of the history of Ireland where the Archbishops of Ireland were either directly or indirectly involved; An account of the foundation of the Presbyterian Congregations and other religious establishments together with biographical sketches of the Presbyterian Ministers of Armagh. 

This monumental publication is concluded with more than twenty appendices contained in almost one-hundred pages.  The original work is fully-indexed and this digitial edition is fully computer searchable.

Despite being almost two centuries old, James Stuart's Historical Memoirs of the City of Armagh remains one of the most authoritative texts on the City's history.

*  Atlas & Cyclopedia of Ireland. (1905 Edition)

IE0091:  $24.60

First published in 1905 in New York by Murphy and McCarthy and republished here on fully-searchable CD-Rom.  The Atlas contains more than seven hundred printed pages with many hundreds of maps, photographs and illustrations for all thirty-two counties of Ireland and is divided into two distinct parts:

Part I has the wordy title: "A Comprehensive Delineation of the Thirty-two Counties, with a Beautifully Coloured Map of Each, arranged Alphabetically, showing over 11,000 Cities, Towns, Villages, and Places of Public Interest. Embracing over Two Hundred Illustrations of the Natural Scenery, Public Buildings, Abbeys, Round Towers and other Romantic Places, reproduced by Eminent Artists from Photographs especially taken for this Work."  It is written by the eminent Irish historian and antiquary Patrick Weston Joyce (1827-1914) and begins with the coats of arms of most of the leading Irish families, their mottoes as well as coloured plates of their coats of arms. The majority of Part I is taken-up with the topographical atlas of Ireland. Arranged alphabetically by county, each is introduced with a coloured map and is followed by an account of the origin of the county's name, its size and population as well as descriptions of its main geographical features, such as rivers, mountains, coastline, etc. Also included are brief descriptions of the main towns and cities contained within each county. However, the dominant feature of Part I are the illustrations consisting of some 200 black and white photographs of some of the best and most renowned areas of natural beauty in Ireland and many castles, houses and civic buildings that are perhaps not so well known.

Part II is entitled "The General History of Ireland" as told by A. M. Sullivan. This is a republication of Alexander Martin Sullivan's (1830-1884) in which he states that; 'this little book is "...written for young people who deserve more attention than has hitherto been paid them by our Irish book writers".  Sullivan's style is both personal and informative, which make for both an interesting and easy read. Containing eighty-eight chapters of narrative on such events as the arrival of the Danes, the Battle of Clontarf and the death of Brian Boru, the establishment of the Anglo-Normans in Ireland, the Rebellion of Silken Thomas, the Reformation, King James and King William in Ireland, the Battle of the Boyne, the Irish in Exile, 1798, the Union, the Rise of O'Connell, the Famine and 1867 are to name just a few. Sullivan's original publication is continued by P. D Numan to include the events of the Fenian Rising, the Home Rule Campaign, the Land War and the United Irish League. Also included are are reproductions of portraits of the likes of John Mitchel, Daniel O'Connell, Robert Emmet and Wolfe Tone to name but the a few.

Part I of the Atlas and Cyclopedia of Ireland is divided from Part II by a comprehensive index of place names that occur throughout and by photographs of the all the incumbent Roman Catholic Bishops of Ireland at the time of the book's initial publication in 1900.

*  Five Years in Ireland 1895-1900, 1901

IE0095:  $18.50

First published in 1901, Michael J. F. McCarthy's Five Years in Ireland contains over 600 printed pages and many illustrations by some of the best-known photographers in Ireland at the time.

Michael McCarthy, almost uniquely for his time, was gravely concerned about the role and influence of the Roman Catholic Church in all aspects of Irish life and how these influences had a detrimental effect on the progress of the Irish nation, especially at the point of Ireland's imminent independence. 

In his introductory remarks, McCarthy states that as his work progresses the reader would become aware of 'the evidences of the power assumed by the priests in Ireland' and 'was it right for the present generation of priests, to further increase the calls and claims of clericalism on the Catholic population?' McCarthy suggest not. To this end Five Years in Ireland identifies much of the consequences that - in McCarthy's opinion - were the result of undue clerical influence in Irish society.  Some are a little peculiar, but nonetheless all are of great interest. They include the infamous last witch case in Ireland and the murder of Bridget Cleary by her husband, and a number of associates, due to Cleary's belief that his wife was a witch. The cause of the murder and the subsequent sentence of manslaughter were both the result of the influence, in McCarthy's opinion, of the Church. Other evidences offered by the author include evictions, the shadowing of politics by the growth of ecclesiasticism and much more besides.

*  The Post Office Annual Directory and Calendar for 1843, Dublin.

IE0094:  $22.20

Published from 1832 (or earlier) was the exceptionally rare Post Office Annual Directory and Calendar for Dublin city. It was published annually by John S. Folds, and should not be confused with either Pettigrew and Oulton's Dublin Directory, or the better known Thom's Directory.

This volume is the edition for 1843, containing some 650 printed pages, the full title of the original publication was: The Post Office and Annual Directory Calendar for 1843, being the Sixth Year of the Reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, until the 20th June, Containing an Alphabetical List of the Nobility, Gentry, Merchants & Others in Dublin and the Vicinity, Kingstown, Etc., with a Variety of Useful Information.

As you might it contaains expect various calendars for the year 1843; postage and carrier rates from Dublin to the rest of the country; interest tables and many advertisements. Also, complete listings for all of the military, civil and religious establishments of Dublin City and County including the police, schools, hospitals, churches, landed gentry and the peerage of Ireland.  This takes-up only a small proportion of this issue, some 130 pages.

The Post Office Directory proper is prefaced by an alphabetical list of the streets, lanes, etc., in Dublin and its immediate vicinity, followed by a list of the public buildings, banks and offices in the city. Although the Post Office Directory and Calendar does not include a streets directory for the capital and its suburbs, some three-hundred pages are given over to the alphabetical listings of the nobility, gentry, merchants and traders of Dublin. There follows separate directories for the professions such as the legal profession, including barristers, attorneys, benchers of the King's Inns, medical practitioners, surgeons and apothecaries, and so on.

The latter portion of this issue, some 100 pages, is taken-up with a General Post Office Directory.

For the year in which this edition was issued, it is the most complete directory available for Dublin and as such is a much- prized acquisition for genealogists and family historians.

*  The Post Office Dublin Directory and Calendar for 1858

IE0096:  $24.70

Published in 1858 this is the twenty-six annual edition of the Post Office Dublin Directory and Calendar. Printed and published in Dublin by Alexander Thomas & Co., although similar in style and content, this publication is not to be confused with Thom's own Irish Almanac and Official Directory, first published in 1843.

This twenty-sixth edition contains just over 700 printed pages.  Beginning with an index to places in county Dublin, the Directory follows with a series of calendars for the year 1858. These include the calendars for law terms, university terms, religious feast days and festivals as well as solar and planetary information, such as the daily times for the rising and setting of the sun.

The Calendars are followed by the Official Directory of Government Departments. This provides the names and addresses of all of the principal public functionaries throughout Ireland - not just Dublin. Next comes the Law Directory - detailing all of barristers, solicitors, attorneys, proctors and commissioners of oaths. Also present is a Banking Directory, Post Office Directory and a Directory for Conveyances, which includes rails, carriage and mails.

The bulk of the Directory follows providing for the City and Suburban areas of Dublin: lists of all of the civic, civil, religious and educational establishments, the extremely useful and valuable Dublin Street Directory. This is a street-by-street directory of the city of Dublin, detailing each occupant or business together with the rateable valuation of the address. This section of the Post Office Dublin Directory contains some 150 printed pages listing tens of thousands of the city's residents and businesses.

The County Dublin Directory contains topographical and statistical information on the chief towns and suburbs lying outside of the metropolis. Beginning with Artane and Donneycarney and ending with Williamstown, this provides the names and addresses of many of the chief residents and trades people in a total of 53 suburban towns and villages. In the case of some of the larger suburban areas such as Rathmines, Kingstown and Bray street directories are also provided. The Post Office Dublin Directory is concluded with a list of the nobility, gentry, merchants and traders in the city of Dublin and its vicinity as well an alphabetical trades' directory. These two sections alone constitute some 200-pages. This must be one of the most useful directories for any Irish genealogist or family historian for the contemporary period and is not to be missed.

*  The History of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Comprising the Civil History of the the Province of Ulster from the Accession of James the First. 3 vols., 1834-1853

IE0097:  $37.10

Published in three volumes, separately, between 1834 and 1853 are the first editions of James Seaton Reid's, the History of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. In total the three volumes contain more than 1,600 printed pages and are accompanied by an appendix to each volume consisting of various original documents. The third volume consisted of only 7 of the full 11 chapters, in manuscript, at the time of Seaton Reid's death and was subsequently completed two years later by his successor, Professor W. D. Killeen, D.D.

The first volume was published in 1834 and contains some 478 printed pages and is subtitled "Comprising the Civil History of the Province of Ulster, from the Accession of James I, with a Preliminary Sketch of the Progress of the Reformed Religion in Ireland During the Sixteenth Century and An Appendix Consisting of Original Papers." Beginning with a lengthy introductory chapter on the general state of religion in Ireland from the eleventh to the end of the sixteenth century, volume one concludes with the inception of the Solemn League and Covenant.

The Second Volume, comprised of just over 500 printed pages, was first published in 1837 and details the history of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland against the backdrop of one of the most turbulent periods of the nation's history. Opening in 1642 with the arrival of Owen Roe O'Neill in Ireland and the Confederation of Kilkenny and detailing the arrival of Cromwell and James II, volume 2 is concluded by the arrival of William III.

The final volume, first published in 1853 is the largest of the three volume history; consisting of just over 600 printed pages.  It details the History of Irish Presbyterianism and general civil history from the winter of 1689 and William III's arrival at Carrickfergus concluding in 1841 a period which includes Seaton Reid's own part in the history of Presbyterianism in Ireland, notably as Moderator of the General Synod.

This is one of the standard works on Presbyterianism in Ireland and must appeal to anyone interested in the subject of the Church, as well as the general civil and military history of Ireland.



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25 September, 2010 from 10am to 4 pm.  The Penetanguishene 

Centennial Museum & Archives is holding its annual Settlers' Day event.  this year's honouree - Rev. Father Theophilus Francois Laboureau - the 'builder' of our community and the landmark that sits on the hill, St. Ann's Church.  Many individual family history presentations.  More information: See the website 


25 September , 2010, at 10.00 a.m.  BIFHSGO Monthly Meeting.  At the Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Lecture topic: "Shearman Godfrey Bird and Amoui Chun Bird: from Colonial Canton to Pioneer Ontario" by Naomi Ridout.  For more information go to: OR

or call (613) 234-2520


25 September , 2010 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m., the Comox Valley Family History Research Group, of  Courtenay, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, features two speakers at  its Seminar: John D. Reid, author of the daily blog Anglo-Celtic Connections and Lesley Anderson, Partnership Development and Content Specialist, both of Ottawa.  Venue: Rotary Hall, Evergreen Seniors Club, Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay, BC

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25 September, 2010, the Bruce Grey Branch of OGS is holding their Fall

Event at Ayton Centennial Hall from 8am to 4 pm with Stephen Barthel speaking about German Research. 

We will also be entertained by Marianna Cunningham - A Family History on


For further information please visit  the Bruce Grey Branch web site.


26 September, 2010, the Halton-Peel Branch of The Ontario Genealogical Society is holding a meeting at the Oakville Public Library (lower level), 120 Navy St., Oakville.  (Lakeshore Rd. & Navy St. east of the Harbour)

Meeting starts at 2 pm. Speaker:  Matthew Wilkinson (Mississauga Heritage).  Topic:  A River Runs Through it – The Villages of the Credit River Valley.  Visitors Welcome!

For more info contact: Jane Watt 905-828-8411 or Mike Payne 905-877-7627


9 October , 2010, at 10.00 a.m.  BIFHSGO Monthly Meeting.  At the Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Lecture topic: "The Fairbrother Story - Fact or Fiction?" by Penny Samek PLCGS.  For more information go to: OR

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16 October, 2010, The Alberta Family Histories Society is pleased to announce the genealogy event of the year in Western Canada.  Presenters & Topics: Dick Eastman - The Organized Genealogist and Conservation;  Lyn Meehan - on Records Interrogation; & Thomas MacEntee - Social Networking.

Location: Deerfoot Inn and Casino,  11500 – 35 Street SE  Calgary, AB

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 pm.

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Or contact:  Bill Campbell, 403-254-2293, eMail:      


23 & 24 October, 2010, The Brant Branch of the OGS is holding an Open House at Smokey Hollow Estates, 114-118 Powerline Road, Brantford, Ontario.  Hours: 23rd., 10am - 8 pm, 24th., 1 pm to 8 pm.  Official opening, 11am on 23rd.  Admission $2.00 - 12 and under free.




13 November , 2010, at 10.00 a.m.  BIFHSGO Monthly Meeting.  At the Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Lecture topic: "In Flanders Fields: Researching and Remembering the Dead of the Great War" by Glenn Wright.  For more information go to: OR

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1 & 2 April, 2011.  The Ottawa Branch of the OGS is holding it's annual RENE-O-RAMA

event at the Library & Archives  of Canada, 395 Wellington St. Ottawa.

More information will be posted on the branch's web site as it becomes available:

We are already making plans to attend as a vendor in the marketplace.


13 - 15 May, 2011.  The Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) presents its annual conference in Hamilton, Ontario.  Subject: Remembering our Past ... Projecting our Future.  This event marks the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the OGS.

We are already making plans to attend as a vendor in the marketplace.


Early June,  2011.  We have received early notice that the Quebec Family History Society is planning to hold A Family History Conference in Montreal in 2011.  We will provide further information as it becomes available.

We are already making plans to attend as a vendor in the marketplace.





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